Jersey sees rise in cervical screenings since GP charge scrapped

1,000 more women have attend cervical screening appointments since the GP charge was scrapped. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A thousand more women have attend cervical screening appointments in Jersey since the GP charge was dropped.

Between 1 August 2018, when the fees were scrapped, and 31 May 2019, 3,822 women were screened. This is an additional 996 women compared with the same time last year.

The cost, of up to £62, was taken away last June after it was recognised as a barrier, preventing some women from having the test.

Dr Linda Diggle who is Jersey's Head of Preventative Programmes says the removal of the charge as well as a high-profile social media campaign has helped to significantly improve the uptake by women who were due for screening.

Cervical screening is very important as it enables cell changes to be detected.

Dr Linda Diggle, Jersey's Head of Preventive Programmes

How often to attend a cervical screening appointment:

25 - 49

Women aged 24 - 49 years old should attend a cervical screening test every three years.

50 - 64

Women aged 50 - 64 years old should attend a cervical screening test every five years.